To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Anglican Communion 5th Mark of Mission
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All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee. (1 Chronicles 29)
Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture? (Ezekiel 34:18)
The earth is created, sustained and redeemed by Christ. We cannot claim to love God while abusing what belongs to Christ by right of creation, redemption and inheritance. We care for the earth and responsibly use its abundant resources, not according to the rationale of the secular world, but for the Lord’s sake. If Jesus is Lord of all the earth, we cannot separate our relationship to Christ from how we act in relation to the earth. For to proclaim the gospel that says ‘Jesus is Lord’ is to proclaim the gospel that includes the earth, since Christ’s Lordship is over all creation. Creation care is thus a gospel issue within the Lordship of Christ.
- Cape Town Commitment (Third Lausanne Congress, 2010)